With the sports world on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN is asking its commentators to take a pay cut. The move would affect 100 of the network’s highest-paid commentators and would be a 15% cut over the next three months.
The pay cut follows executives at the network having their pay reduced by 20% to 30% depending on the title. These measures are designed to ward off further furloughs at the network.
“We are asking about 100 of our commentators to join with our executives and take a temporary salary reduction,” ESPN said in a statement on Monday. “These are challenging times and we are all in this together.”
The coronavirus outbreak has hit the sports industry particularly hard since the virus has forced major sporting events to shut down. The NBA suspended its season, the NCAA canceled the men and women’s college basketball tournament, and Major League Baseball delayed Opening Day.
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